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Aid and defence

By Stephen Howes During the height of the aid boom, back in 2012, my then-colleague Ben Reilly complained that Australia was spending too much on aid and not enough on defence. We were on...

Australia faces unprecedented set of security challenges

By Albert Palazzo There’s broad agreement among defence thinkers and academics that the international security environment is on the cusp of significant change. Dominating the commentary are analyses of the consequences of a risen...

Lockheed Takes Another Shot at Multi Domain War

By Colin Clark A year after having some issues in running a war plan across multiple domains, the defense giant’s planners are at it again — with a new plan, and new tech. …read...

Zoya Svetova Visits Oleg Sentsov in Labor Colony

By Interpreter Staff The following is a translation by The Interpreter of the transcript of a TV show by independent TV Rain on a visit to Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov. Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov,...

The five-domains update

By Aakriti Bachhawat, Rebecca Moore, Aru Kok and Georgia Grice Sea state The US chief of naval operations, Admiral John Richardson, has sounded another warning about increased Russian and Chinese activity in the Atlantic...

Poland’s dictatorship of myth

By Slawomir Sierakowski There is no escaping history in Poland. At an abruptly convened session in late June, the Polish Sejm (the lower house of parliament) rushed through an amendment to the Act on...

Papua New Guinea’s disappearing resource revenues

By Glenn Banks and Martyn Namorong Government revenues from Papua New Guinea’s mining, oil and gas sector have essentially dried up. With the ongoing effects of the devastating earthquake in Hela province, the eruption...

Preparing for stormy skies (part 2): long-range strike

By Malcolm Davis In part 1, I considered the implications of sustaining and upgrading the RAAF’s F/A-18F Super Hornet fleet (alongside the E/A-18G Growler) as an alternative to buying an additional squadron of F-35s....

Inside Army Futures Command: CFT Chiefs Take Charge

By Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. “We were never above probably a total of eight people,” the aviation Cross Functional Team chief, Brig. Gen. Wally Rugen, told me. “We’re not this big colossal thing, we’re...

Imran Khan and the future of India–Pakistan relations

By Mohammed Ayoob Imran Khan, cricketer turned politician, will take the oath of office as prime minister of Pakistan on 18 August. Strategic analysts in South Asia and elsewhere have been busy speculating about...

Encryption bill faces uphill battle

By Fergus Hanson After a few false starts, the government has released its promised legislation to address the ‘going dark’ problem caused by encryption—something that affects more than 90% of the data lawfully intercepted...

Trump Takes NDAA Victory Lap, But 2020 Looms

By Paul McLeary With the two-year budget relief ending in 2020, and a new Space Force to fund, the good times might not last long. …read more From:: Breaking Defense (Policy)

Why are Nerve Agents so Difficult to Make?

By Dan Kaszeta Nerve agents, both in the form of Sarin in Syria and in the form of the so-called Novichok A-234 in the UK, continue to claim both victims and headlines. A recurring...

Shifting the ‘gender agenda’ debate

By Lisa Sharland On 31 July, the minister for women, Kelly O’Dwyer, presented the third progress report to parliament on the Australian national action plan on women, peace and security 2012–2018 (NAP). As you’d...

PNG turns protectionist in its APEC year

By Rohan Fox, Stephen Howes and Maholopa Laveil The first sign that Papua New Guinea would be taking a more protectionist trade policy came in late 2015, with the banning of a number of...

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